Joy Katz on Poetry and Grief, Small Demons May Close, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.6.13

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Start-up Small Demons will shutter this month unless it finds a buyer. Former Yahoo! vice president Valla Vakili founded the company in 2009. (Bookseller)

The Guardian reports 42 percent of small publishers in the United Kingdom closed shop in 2012.

“Poetry felt drained of its possibilities by the time I stood graveside.” In a personal essay for the Poetry Foundation, Joy Katz examines the uses of poetry in relation to grief.

Emily Temple gathered fifty challenging books for avid readers, including Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. (Flavorwire)

Meanwhile, GalleyCat showcases the many one-star Amazon reviews of Melville’s classic American novel Moby-Dick.

For the Nieman Storyboard series “Why’s this so good?” writer Casey N. Cep considers Ian Frazier’s recent New Yorker essay “Hidden City.”

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick—author of Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide—explains how to make drinks that could have been enjoyed by the famed wit of the Algonquin Round Table. (Huffington Post)

Margaret Atwood will not blurb your book. (Melville House)

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.